The Craft of Songwriting

Pat Hull

Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen, to name a few, are songwriters whose structure starts with a theme/song title/central ideas. They are masters at using words to outline different ways to express that central theme. Think “Tangled up in Blue” where Bob Dylan’s verses all express relationship sadness. He never veers from his thesis, and stays focused on how to express this kind of sadness with different phrasings. In this workshop, participants will develop a theme/thesis/song title and break that theme up into song verses.